Three British soldiers killed in Afghanistan

June 9th, 2008 - 8:59 am ICT by IANS  

London, June 9 (Xinhua) British defence ministry has confirmed that three British soldier have been killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan, with two others injured. The soldiers, from the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment, were on a foot patrol near their base in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, when they were struck by an explosion Monday, the defence ministry said.

One soldier died on spot while two others succumbed to thier injuries later, the ministry said, adding that a medical emergency team was dispatched on a Chinook helicopter from Camp Bastion to the site of attack.

According to the Sky news, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup said he reflected on the most recent deaths with “both a sense of deep sadness and pride” as he asserted that the military effort was starting to achieve real change.

“Every one of those deaths is a tragedy. Nothing can ever compensate for the loss felt by their loved ones and to them all I extend my deepest sympathies,” he said.

“I only hope that the terrible hardship that they have been asked to bear can be eased by the certainty that in Afghanistan our forces are engaged in a most worthy and noble endeavour,” he added.

The death has brought the number of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan since November 2001 to 100. Currently Britain has over 7,800 soldiers based in Afghanistan.

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